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Definitions of catkin

  1. a cylindrical spikelike inflorescence Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. An ament; a species of inflorescence, consisting of a slender axis with many unisexual apetalous flowers along its sides, as in the willow and poplar, and (as to the staminate flowers) in the chestnut, oak, hickory, etc. -- so called from its resemblance to a cat's tail. See Illust. of Ament. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The hanging blossoms of the willow, bitch, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. The male flower of certain trees. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. A scaly spike of flowers, as in the willow; an ament. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. An inflorescence, like that of the hazel, resembling a cat's tail. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. A kind of spike with unisexual flowers and pendulous rachis. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for catkin

  1. She outlined the pulpit with ivy and bunches of wild daffodils, tying large branches of blackthorn and catkin covered hazel to the candle- brackets; the lectern had a background of green and a great sheaf of crown imperial lilies, while the base of the font was a garden of green moss, with primroses peeping through in little clumps. – Loyal to the School by Angela Brazil
  2. " Catkin dear," says the little girl, " I do want to get out of this, for Baba Yaga is going to eat me with her iron teeth." – Old Peter's Russian Tales by Arthur Ransome
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